In a sea of waterfront condos overlooking Lewis Bay in Hyannis, this sleek space stands alone. Part futuristic, part retro, splashes of vivid colors and vibrant art work merge with silver and black cabinets, flooring and appliances to produce a visual tour de force.
A new start with familiar faces
Working with KAM Appliances of Hyannis and builder Ted Pomeroy of Coastal Custom Woodworks in Sagamore Beach, the homeowners envisioned creating a contemporary design that would still pay homage to their ocean-side surroundings. The condo was stripped bare, with all but the sheet rock removed. The homeowner has worked with both companies on previous projects and was happy to do so again.
“Ted’s finish work is impeccable, and KAM has a great variety, high end as well as middle to low depending on what you’re looking for,” she said. “I’ve always had a great experience with them.”
Distinctive touches, such as a 10-foot library ladder imported from Germany, a black onyx-engineered lumber floor, and a glass and metal backsplash result in an ultramodern atmosphere that is both industrial and inviting.
“I had it in my head to go with an Italian-style look, and I wanted to put in some pop-up color,” the homeowner said. “You could call it monochromatic because of the blacks and grays, but there’s definitely some pop-up color with the center island, the [kitchen] stools and the artwork.”
The 1,683-square foot two-bedroom, two-bath condo includes a kitchen that flows seamlessly into the living room, an office space, his and hers walk-in closets in the master bedroom, built-in bookshelves framing a gas fireplace and generously-sized windows with bay views.
A show-stopping kitchen
The most striking room is the kitchen, where Miele appliances blend in perfectly with the modern décor so as to be virtually indistinguishable. “Here’s an example of what creativity can do for a kitchen by using the products we focus on selling,” said Dave Murray, director of business development at KAM Appliances. “A customer has decided to show off the appliances, whereas in other kitchens they want to hide them. Instead, they are celebrating the appliances. The stainless steel panels make a statement that they are proud of this kitchen.
“If you look at the backsplash and cabinets, the homeowners wanted a product that complements that [modern] look. They loved the style and quality of the product.”
There is a separate 36-inch refrigerator and freezer, along with a combination stack speed oven, wall oven and warming drawer, a dishwasher and a wine cooler. The speed oven can be used for thermal, convection or microwave heating.
“This kitchen is designed for someone who loves to cook and entertain,” Murray says.
The space is dominated by a silver-gray backsplash and a red center island with matching minimalist red chairs. The backsplash is made of green glass placed with stainless steel. Three different finishes were applied, so when light pours into the kitchen it reflects and sparkles off the backsplash in shades of silver and gray. The island countertop is similar in color to the backsplash and cabinets, while the remaining counters match the black onyx floor.
Laminate cabinets mimic the stainless steel throughout the kitchen, producing a lustrous, clean look. Two maritime pendant lights from Restoration Hardware hang over the kitchen island, giving a nautical flavor to the space.
“We wanted to give a nod to the nautical but still have it remain very industrial-looking,” the homeowner said of her decision to install the maritime pendant lights.
The dramatic red of the center island and the red modernistic stools add contrast and character. A nice touch is a painting of a bowl of cherries that that has been placed on the wall above one of the slender-backed chairs.
“When you see it all from a few feet away, everything just comes alive,” Pomeroy said.
A cohesive feel throughout
The contemporary theme is reflected throughout the condo. Interior doors have five panes of horizontal glass, while an office off the spare bedroom includes mahogany built-in cabinets. Nine-foot ceilings with crown molding weave throughout the house, tying together each space.
Lightly colored vertical subway-style tiles were used for the bathroom shower walls. But instead of having a bow in them, as true subway tiles would, there are beveled edges, so that when lights are turned on, intriguing shadow lines are cast across the glossy tiles. Matching Kohler karbon articulating deck-mount faucets were installed over Decolav vessel sinks. A black granite vanity completes the theme.
The homeowner decided to use gray-black grout for the shower tiles in order to pick up the darker colors in the floor and cabinets. “It’s very sleek and modern,” she said.
Dual walk-in closets were designed for the master bedroom, with built-in storage areas on top. In order to gain access, the homeowners searched for rolling library ladders on the Internet and found a stainless steel ladder from Germany.
In the end, the homeowners created a fashionable space that is sleek, relaxing and innovative.
“This is the most modern home we’ve ever done,” Pomeroy said.
Photgraphy by Dan Cutrona
Appliances provided by KAM Appliances
Article published in the 2013-14 issue.
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